Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Benjamin Friedman”

Why a Larger Military Budget Makes No Sense

Trump’s proposed increase in military spending actively discourages allies from making more of a commitment to their own security

Posted February 27th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The Trump administration will be hawkish. Benjamin Friedman explains why Trump’s rhetoric …

Posted November 18th, 2016

Trump’s Hawkish Advisers and Iran

Trump’s advisers seem certain to advise him to do things that not only jeopardize the nuclear deal but also potentially put the U.S. on a collision course with Iran.

Posted November 18th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Senators to introduce measure opposing Saudi arms sale. John Hudson reports on …

Posted September 9th, 2016

The Benefits of Restraint

In addition to the money saved through restraint, the U.S. would also avoid frittering away the lives and health of soldiers in numerous unnecessary and open-ended wars.

Posted September 8th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Can realists escape Trump? Benjamin Friedman warns that Trump’s candidacy could end …

Posted June 10th, 2016

The Failure of the Libyan War and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’

If the “responsibility to protect” doctrine had been respected and taken seriously in 2011, the Libyan intervention would not have happened.

Posted April 7th, 2016

Cruz’s Gargantuan Military Budget

Cruz proposes to rack up trillions more in debt for the sake of building up a military that doesn’t need to be built up.

Posted February 18th, 2016

The Real Scandal of the Libyan War

The true scandal here is that an administration can concoct a half-baked justification to attack another country and they will encounter very little resistance.

Posted October 27th, 2015

How Threat Inflation Thrives

The U.S. keeps paying a price for overestimating threats to our security and for overreacting to the exaggerated threats.

Posted June 8th, 2015

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

A portrait of an imperialist. Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews Lawrence James’ Churchill and …

Posted August 22nd, 2014

Why We Don’t Avoid Mission Creep

Benjamin Friedman notes how quickly the new intervention in Iraq has expanded: …

Posted August 20th, 2014

The “Credibility” Scam

Benjamin Friedman does a fine job of dismantling the “credibility” argument: Historical …

Posted August 11th, 2014